GREGYNOG PRESS. PEACOCK, Thomas Love. ~ The Misfortunes of Elphin.
No. 21 of 25 specially bound copies from a total edition of 250. 21 wood engravings by Horace Bray. Printed in Baskerville type on Batchelor hand-made paper. 8vo., bound by George Fisher to a design by Horace Bray in full polished red levant morocco, signed in gilt and with the stamp of the Press on the lower turn-in, upper cover blocked in gilt with a design of two hands pouring wine from goblets, single gilt fillet at the edge, spine with five raised bands, each panel ruled in gilt, gilt lettering in the second panel, turn-ins with two gilt fillets, in the original card slipcase from the press with printed paper spine label. An extremely good, fresh copy in splendid condition.
First published in 1829, Peacock’s Misfortunes of Elphin is an Arthurian based fantasy, incorporating many Welsh legends.
Bray’s joyous wood engravings give, as Harrop suggests, “an overall impression...of demure drollery, entirely suited to Peacock’s style...the book has a satisfying unity whcih has rendered it one of themore keenly collected items”,